You Can Now Dine Out Again in These Four States
We are now eleven months into the pandemic, and most of the country is still implementing various restrictions on restaurant businesses. But rules are changing in four states, which have recently announced they would be easing the rules for indoor and outdoor dining.
New Yorkers are particularly relieved—as of Feb. 14, Governor Cuomo will allow indoor dining at 25% capacity in the city. Although a reservation might be hard to come by (especially on the first night which is Valentine's Day) the reduced indoor option is a welcome alternative to dining curbside in sub-freezing temperatures. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)
In California, where the climate is much more suited for outdoor dining, residents haven't been able to enjoy it. Due to extremely high transmission rates that started last fall, both indoor and outdoor dining was banned before Thanksgiving. However, outdoor dining was allowed to resume as of Jan. 26 across the Golden State.
Residents of Washington D.C. are also seeing a roll-back on restaurant restrictions, after the district enacted additional regulations in the wake of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. While indoor dining was closed and a curfew was temporarily implemented, as of Jan. 22 indoor dining was reinstated at 25% capacity. Alcohol sales are allowed until 12 a.m.
Louisiana, meanwhile, is coming up on the end of Phase 2. Restaurants in the southern state are currently limited to 50% indoor capacity, but that could change in just a few days. Governor Edwards announced that the state would re-evaluate these restrictions closer to Feb. 10.
In addition to the new capacity announcements and indoor/outdoor dining allowances, many areas have lifted curfews. While dining once was required to end at 10 p.m. in many parts of the country, some jurisdictions in New York, Maryland, and Delaware are discontinuing the curfews as transmission rates continue to fall.